Test Ride: The Santa Cruz Tallboy Mountain Bike

Light but tough, a bike that promises adventure

Going downhill, almost too fast for comfort on the new 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy, the tight trail slips between two trees so close together that the bike’s handlebars touch bark. The trail dives straight down a steep slope lined with sharp stones. This descent is simply too gnarly for us. Yet, another rider—co-founder of Pocono Bike Company, George Halas—on the exact same bike descends with …

Riding Through Fernie, BC on Specialized’s Enduro and Stumpjumper

Meadows, rocky rides, enchanted foliage and more

The motto for the town of Fernie, British Columbia, “In Montibus ad flumen,” translates to “In the Mountains by the River”—a fairly exact description of the Ktunaxa people’s land that the town is now located on. Tucked in the Elk Valley, Fernie is hugged from the south by the Lizard Range in the Canadian Rockies and the Crowsnest Range to the east. The Elk River …

100+ Miles on Norco’s Optic C2 Mountain Bike

Test riding an understated bicycle that's ready for anything

Founded in 1964 in Northern Vancouver (aka The North Shore), Norco is a humble Canadian brand that makes mountain bikes that are up to the challenge. The North Shore is thought to be the birthplace of free-ride mountain biking and is, without question, home to some of the gnarliest trails in the world, giving Norco a leg up in testing. It should be no surprise …